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Improving Absence Programs
By Karen Marlo and John Azzolini
From Human Resource Executive Online on Friday, April 1, 2016
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When HR professionals look at how to control benefit-program costs and improve their company's bottom line, they often focus solely on reducing their medical spend. This limited focus does not account for the significant costs associated with employee absence and lost productivity, according to the National Business Group on Health and Truven Health Analytics. Their annual Employer Measures of Productivity, Absence and Quality survey found that the average employee lost six workdays to unplanned absences in 2014. This statistic understates the full impact of the problem though, because those six lost workdays don't account for other types of absences, such as leaves due to the Family Medical Leave Act, non-occupational disability or workers' compensation.